There are a lot of football leagues in the world in the 21st century. The rapid and continuous growth of football is making more and more football league competitions to be created year after year. Usually, all leagues follow the same basic rules:
- A win gives 3 points, a draw gives one point, and a loss gives no point
- Teams are ranked by total points earned, followed by goal difference which is the aggregate difference between the total number goals scored by a team and the total number of goals they conceded.
- At the end of the season, some teams get promoted to higher league while others get relegated to a lower league.
- The team with the highest point wins the league and claims the league champion title and trophy.
- There are also usually series of awards like the manager of the month, player of the month, player of the season, manager of the season, Top 11 players of the season, top goal scorer of the season and so on.
The highest and the current top level leagues in the world are discussed below
- THE ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE(EPL):
The English Premier League is the highest league in the English league competition system. It is based in the United Kingdom, England. The season runs usually from August to May. 20 teams face one another in a home and away fixtures, each team playing a total of 38 matches (19 home games, 19 away games). By the end of the season, the top four teams qualify for the UEFA Champions League, the 5th and 6th teams qualify for the UEFA Europa League, while the last 3 teams get relegated to the EFL Championship, a lower league. The final top three teams in the EFL Championship, after some final playoffs get promoted to the English Premier League.
- LA LIGA
La Liga (also known as Liga BBVA) is Spain’s equivalent to the Premier League in Europe. This competition, which was founded in 1929, features some of the top clubs and players in the globe. The league is structured similarly to the English Premier League, with a double round-robin format, point system, and promotion and relegation system. La Liga 2 or Segunda División is Spain’s counterpart of the EFL Championship.
As previously said, La Liga is home to some of the best soccer players in the world. Though great teams like Valencia, Athletic Bilbao, Atlético Madrid, and Sevilla have been competitive for decades, Barcelona and Real Madrid are without a doubt the league’s two titans. Both teams have won 59 of the 88 seasons that have been played in the league’s existence (with Madrid at 33 and Barca at 26). Only two clubs have won 67 percent of the seasons.
- SERIE A
Serie A is Italy’s elite soccer league, having been established in 1898. Teams that are relegated at the end of each season play in Serie B, which follows the same system as the other leagues.
Juventus, A.C. Milan, and Internazionale are the leading clubs in this competition (commonly referred to as Inter). Serie A, like the Bundesliga, has been dominated by Juventus in recent years, despite the presence of other iconic names in soccer. Juventus has won every season since 2011. Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, and Gonzalo Higuain are currently Juventus players..
Although the league operates in much of the same ways as the others (with the same promotion, relegation, points, and season-long games), one major distinction is that it has just 18 clubs, as compared to the EPL’s and La Liga’s 20.
Bayern Munich is by far the most successful club in league history, having won the last seven seasons as of this writing. Borussia Dortmund is the second most successful club (also known as BVB). Any time these two meet each other, termed Der Klassiker, it is a vital game in German soccer.
- LIGUE 1
Ligue 1 seasons are 38 games lengthy for teams, just like all previous leagues, and the team with the most points at the end of the season wins the L’Hexagoal, the league’s trophy. The bottom three teams in Ligue 1 are demoted to Ligue 2.
The amount of championships won by each team in the league is a little misleading. AS Saint-Étienne has the most wins (ten), however they haven’t won a championship since the 1980-1981 season. Olympique de Marseille is next with nine wins, although they went winless from 2009 to 2010. Paris Saint-Germain, abbreviated as PSG, is in third place with eight victories. This is the league’s biggest and best team, having won six of the league’s seasons in the 2010s.
- UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
The Union of European Football Associations(UEFA) Champions League is a yearly football competition where the top teams in all of Europe’s top leagues play in both group and knockout system to win one of, if not the most prestigious club trophy. A total of 32 teams are grouped into 8 groups, each consisting of 4 teams who face one another in a home and away fixtures.
The top 2 teams from each group qualify for the knockout round. A random draw is made from the qualifying 16 teams. Each team faces a particular opponent in a home and away match. 8 teams then qualify for the finals and eventually a team wins the trophy.
Only the final is decided by a single match. The winner of a particular year’s trophy automatically qualifies for the next year’s competition, regardless of the team’s final position in the home league.
- UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE
The UEFA Europa League works similar to the champions league. The next 2 or a single team after the teams qualifying for the champions league in each home league system are usually those that make up the Europa league teams.
In the champions league group stage, the teams in the 3rd position in each group gets dropped in the Europa league where they join the other qualifying teams in round 32 of the completion.
In the twenty-first century, there are numerous football leagues around the world. Year after year, as football continues to flourish at a quick pace, more football league competitions are formed. All leagues generally follow the same basic rules which have been listed.
Major leagues that have made waves in the world of football are embedded in the European football. These leagues are where the top professionals of the game settle the scores in their teams.